Sweet treats are not always welcome. We need to maintain a healthy weight, watch out for excessive sugar intake and keep our blood levels to normal. Many sweet treats are not allowed on the daily menu when you want to stay healthy, but not this homemade applesauce recipe. It’s healthy, ready in less than half an hour, and you can make a whole bunch and store it for the whole year. Pick organic apples for this applesauce, since non organic are usually sprayed with chemicals that keep them fresh. If you’re not sure which are which, non organic and GMO products usually look perfect, commercial – like. While organic produce will have blemishes, dark spots, decaying smudges and other imperfections natural to nature.
Easy Applesauce Recipe
For this quick and easy applesauce recipe, pick apples suitable for cooking. Depending on where’s you’re at, these can be Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Pippin, Mcintosh, Jonathan, Fugi, Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples. This recipe is enough to make 4 servings, so do some math and prepare more, because it will turn out delicious!
- 10 apples, peeled
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar, brown is best
- 4 tablespoons orange or 2 lemon juice, or a combination of both
- 1/3 cup of water
Peel and cube the apples, so they can cook faster. Place them in a pot and pour the water and lemon or orange juice. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium/low as the pot heats up, to avoid burning the apples. Let the apples cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to make the cooking even.
Once the apples look soft, stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Make sure you add these gradually, until you reach the sweetness you prefer. Avoid adding too much sugar, especially if you plan on using this applesauce recipe in savory dishes like pork. The apples should be soft enough to be mashed into a puree with a potato masher. But use a blender if you want the sauce to turn out smooth and chunk-free.
Once done, you can serve this tasty sauce hot or cold, over pancakes or ice-cream, or store it in mason jars.
Cooking tips and tricks
This is a savory applesauce recipe you can make once a year and enjoy all year round. To store it correctly and safely, you need to package it while it’s still hot. Heat up the jars as well, while you prepare the sauce. Set up the oven to a low temperature and place the jars inside. You can fill them up and place them back in the oven, until a soft crust forms on the top. The crust will prevent mold from appearing.
Other than lemon or orange juice, you can add apple cider to make the taste a little tangy on the tongue. Feel free to experiment with other spices and herbs, like nutmeg, allspice, ground ginger or ground cloves. You can even add other fruits to make it rich, like berries.
Add it to pies, homemade ice creams, smoothies and to flavor meat recipes. You can use it when you have the flu symptoms, as it is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins. Read the full list of homemade flu remedies to ease up the common cold and influenza.